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‘Ex-Gay’ Men Fight Straight Straight Back Against View That Homosexuality Can’t Be Changed

‘Ex-Gay’ Men Fight Straight Straight Back Against View That Homosexuality Can’t Be Changed

LOS ANGELES — For nearly all of his life, Blake Smith stated, “every inches of my human body craved male sexual contact.”

Mr. Smith, 58, who states he thinks homosexual behavior is incorrect on spiritual grounds, attempted to tough it out.

He invested 17 years in a doomed marriage while fighting their urges all day long, he stated, and dreaming about all of them evening.

But in the last few years, he shares with his second wife, who married him eight years ago knowing his history as he probed his childhood in counseling and at men’s weekend retreats with names like People Can Change and Journey Into Manhood, “my homosexual feelings have nearly vanished,” Mr. Smith said in an interview at the house in Bakersfield, Calif. “In my 50s, for the time that is first i will glance at a lady and state ‘she’s really hot.’ ”